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It’s Snowing Friday In Tallahassee

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Recent temperatures might seem a little warm for a December day, even by Florida standards, but one area of Tallahassee is expected to see as much as 50 tons of snow this evening.

Jay Long is the organizer of the Tallahassee Snow Festival – a free event that includes a field of snow, sleigh rides, snacks and free hot chocolate. Long said all he asks in return is that those who can bring an unwrapped present to donate. The event costs thousands of dollars to put on, which Long covers through donations and some money out of his own pocket. This afternoon he made the rounds to prepare for the event, which included a stop to buy an impressively sized box of  hot cups.

“I just want to make sure that everybody gets a cup of cocoa. That’s what we usually run out of, because kids are cold, they want cocoa. It kind of goes with the snow,” Long said.

Long said he’s not worried about the warm temperatures. He admits it’s warmer than it has been during the past ten years he’s been running the event, but he said once the first layer of snow hits the field things’ll start cooling down. The event starts Friday at 6:00 at the Florida State University practice field adjacent to the FSU Circus. Oh, and Long said, if you do go, don’t forget to bring gloves

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Regan McCarthy is the Assistant News Director for WFSU Public Media. Before coming to Tallahassee, Regan graduated with honors from Indiana University’s Ernie Pyle School of Journalism. She worked for several years for NPR member station WFIU in Bloomington, Ind., where she covered local and state government and produced feature and community stories.

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